Children's Product Safety

One of my key achievements since coming to Congress was the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which became law in 2008.  CPSIA represents the most significant improvement in children’s product safety and support for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in decades.  The law included my provisions to require safety standards and pre-market testing for durable children’s products, including cribs, playpens and high chairs, and to ensure children's products come with a postage-paid recall registration card so consumers can be notified by the manufacturer should a problem arise. It also banned lead and dangerous phthalates in children’s toys. Through its authority under CPSIA, the CPSC banned dangerous drop-side cribs, which have been linked to more than 30 infant deaths.  After years of crib recalls, reports of deaths in unsafe cribs and heel-dragging by the industry, I worked with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Kids in Danger to get recalled cribs off store shelves and out of homes. The CPSIA is now law, and I remain committed to overseeing its strong implementation and to looking for further opportunities to improve the safety of toys and other children’s products.

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May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, introduced the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 following several

April 19, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the Peloton Tread Plus treadmill:

April 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission asking them to immediately investigate if equipment from the home fitness company Peloton poses a threat to American consumers and their families.

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H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
An Urgently-Needed Package to Address The Coronavirus Health & Economic Crisis    

Passed House of Representatives February 27, 2021

Amended and Passed by the Senate on March 6, 2021

February 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced the Stop Tip-Overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act of 2021. Tipping furniture presents a serious risk of injury and death to children. Furniture or items on top of furniture such as TVs can fall onto a child, causing the child to be crushed, trapped, or struck by falling objects. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is introducing the Senate version of the bill.

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